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Ipswich Town linked with Kilmarnock goalkeeper Sam Walker

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Ipswich Town are reportedly in the running to sign Kilmarnock goalkeeper Sam Walker.

The 30-year-old, who came through the academy at Chelsea, joined Kilmarnock 12 months ago from Reading but is yet to make a league appearance for the club.

And with newly-promoted Kilmarnock having bolstered their goalkeeping ranks earlier this week with the addition of Zach Hemming, it remains to be seen if Walker is still a part of manager Derek McIness' plans going forward.

Sam Walker has been linked with a move to Ipswich Town. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Sam Walker has been linked with a move to Ipswich Town. Picture: Barry Goodwin

According to Football Scotland, news of Walker's potential availability has captured the attention of Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna – as well as another top flight Scottish club in St Johnstone.

Any switch to Portman Road would almost certainly see Walker come in as a back up option with Christian Walton widely regarded to be one of the best 'keepers in EFL League One.

Václav Hladký, who arrived at Ipswich last summer from Salford City, is the current understudy to Walton but speculation has suggested that the Czech shot stopper could be on the move in the coming weeks in a bid to find more regular match action.

That would leave Ipswich short of senior options in the goalkeeper department, and could be behind the reported interest in Walker.

As well as a batch of loan spells during his days on the books of Chelsea, Walker had a lengthy stint down the A12 with Colchester United, for whom he made more than 150 appearances between the posts.

And Walker is also an Ipswich supporter, having previously told The League Paper: "The first game I saw live was Ipswich v Manchester City in October 1997. It would have been for my sixth birthday and, because my dad and his mates are Ipswich fans, I was roped into that as well – not that I regret it. We won 1-0 and Alex Mathie scored, so I remember that one quite well. It was very exciting."

He added with regards to the first kit he ever wore: "It would have been an Ipswich kit that I was given for my birthday and wore to that first game. It had the Fisons sponsor and may have been my dad’s old shirt from the early 90s that was passed down to me. I then had a new kit for the next five or six years."